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This Cyberweek 2007 podcast is a conversation between Colin Rule (Director of ODR at eBay/PayPal) and Ken Banks, founder of and creator of FrontlineSMS.

To download the mp3 file, just right click here and select "Save As" to save it to a file on your computer. (Be aware that it is approximately 30 mb in size.)

A few other complimentary resources:

  • Ken's website,, has an incredibly rich supply of resources, downloads and news. His blog is a great way to learn more about what he's currently working on.
  • Learn more about FrontlineSMS, an entry-level text messaging solution for non-profits, at the FrontlineSMS project page.
  • A great new video webinar featuring Ken Banks (and some excellent pictures and informative charts) is available here.
  • Information on Ken's new initiative, nGOMobile, is available at

About Ken

Ken Banks is a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University specialising in the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He combines many years experience living and working across Africa with 22 years in IT, and a degree in Social Anthropology. His vision is to empower others to create social change, and he does this by providing tools to mostly grassroots organisations who seek to better use technology in their work. He recently hit headline news on the BBC when his text messaging application – FrontlineSMS (which is provided free to NGOs) – was used to help monitor the Nigerian Presidential elections. Ken has recently been interviewed by Pambazuka News, the BBC World Service, Nokia,, White African and the Sussex University Alumni magazine. He has recently been awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant to continue his work, and was shortlisted for a mobile industry prize. Full details on Ken, and his work, are available on


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